With the Abbey Medieval Festival coming up again in July, we’d like to introduce to you our new, wonderful and very excited Event Manager for the Festival,
A little from Colleen about herself, her life, and what about the Festival and her job that she loves!
“So, a little bit of ‘goss’ about me hey? The new Event Manager for the Abbey Medieval Festival!
Where to start.. I live locally at Bribie Island (and yes, my husband organised a pre-nup agreement – I had to be prepared to live here for the rest of my life or no marriage – so of course I said yes to this terrible demand!!)
I love horses (I have competed and even done a bit of horse archery!) and arty/crafty stuff. I love making things (when I have the time) and doing a bit of sewing – tending to make creative clothing without patterns – just working it out as I go! I love nature and getting out into the great outdoors – very much at home in a simple camping environment! Our family spent 2 months in 2015 travelling to the Kimberleys and doing the Gibb River Road – just loved it!!
I have a work history of being involved in office administration, events coordinating and running an award-winning family tourism business. However, one day in late 2011, I decided I needed to do something JUST for myself…. So, I volunteered at the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Abbey Medieval Festival. No small task, but one I thoroughly loved – both the challenge and the ultimate fulfilment of supporting all the wonderful volunteers.
I was doing this role as well as being a wife, mother and running our charter boat tourism business so it was a pretty hectic time for a while until we sold the business in late 2012.
Volunteers have been a passion of mine since putting in place the volunteer team for the first local Urban Country Music Festival for the then Caboolture Shire Council.
So over the past 4+ years I have been involved in the Maxime Heroica (volunteer team) for the Festival. After the business sale, due to my range of skills, I have been able to work at the Museum in various roles such as helping with the Museum events, crowd funding, and group visits.
With Edie moving into other important growth areas of the Museum, it was a major unexpected surprise when this role was offered to me. I certainly did not see it coming!! I was both very humbled as well as excited to be more involved in such an amazing event. I see it as a way to support the Museum and it’s ethos as well as all the people involved in the Festival – the re-enactors, the volunteers, and the co-ordinators just to name a few.
I work with the ideals of co-operation and believing in people – working with our strengths as well as our weaknesses and finding the best way forward for all. Nothing is right or wrong – it is about the correct ‘fit’, leaving our personal ‘agendas’ behind and making the best decision to achieve the best end result.
I am loving the challenge and I have enormous support from the 25 other co-ordinators of the Festival, as well as the Museum staff, volunteers and of course Edie, Michael and the Board of the Museum. This is certainly not a role that can be done on ones own! It takes a team!
And an amazing team at that! I am VERY excited about what this years Festival will bring. Not just in entertainment and experiences, but in growing the sense of comradeship, goodwill and greater cooperation between all those involved.
I am really looking forward to enjoying this years Festival with you all!”
We welcome Colleen with open arms into this new role, and put behind her all of our support, belief and trust that she will, along with Edie and the entire team, bring you a bigger and better Festival than ever before!